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Old Feb 27th, 2017, 16:46 PM   1
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Stammer/dribbling and possible tic?


Thomas is older than a toddler and I'd ask in the special needs section but I feel like I'd get more answers here. Basically Thomas is delayed with his speech. He only said his name for the first time last June. He's come on tremendously since then but he still has very basic speech and has since been diagnosed with an articulation and phonological speech sound disorder.

As part of his EHCP he receives 6 hours of speech therapy a year year at school which equates to twelve 30 minute sessions with reviews and school/us doing work with him every day. I noticed around May last year that Thomas developed a stammer. His father has a stammer as a result of having meningitis as a baby so I'm pretty sure it can't be inherited and I don't think he learned it either as my husband barely stammers around us. His speech therapist said it was more likely that he was trying to speak too quickly and his brain couldn't keep up.

Fast forward to now. The stammer is so much worse. Every sentence starts with it and it can go on for well over 10 seconds at a time. I've learned from my husband not to finish his sentence if I know what he's saying. I wait patiently and when he stops I prompt by repeating what he is trying to say (eg if he is saying I want I say what do you want thomas). That sometimes helps but he gets very frustrated which often results in lashing out at himself or me.

He's started dribbling when he's speaking. He was a heavy dribbler until almost the age of 4. He has hypotonia so swallowing took a bit longer for him to get the hang of. It's suddenly started up again so I'm not sure what to make of it. It's big long dribbles not just little bits out of the side of his mouth.

The other thing is whenever he stammers his head jerks forward. I'm not sure if it's a tic or him just trying to force the words out. My husband can't remember if he did similar and to be honest neither can I.

Trying to get hold of someone is like pulling hens teeth. I found out today that his speech therapist doesn't work for our borough anymore and I couldn't talk to anyone else either. I'm pretty sure these are all things that will resolve themselves eventually but I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience. We are receiving professional help for thomas' behaviour/development. He is still going through the terrible two's so I feel terrible for him. He's trapped in his own world and can barely communicate

Oh I should add he still uses some signs and we are starting PECS soon to see if that helps reduce his frustration.



 
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Old Feb 28th, 2017, 13:53 PM   2
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Old Feb 28th, 2017, 22:12 PM   3
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Sorry I don't have experience with stammering, but I do know that developmentally typical children go through phases of stammering. Has the stammering gotten progressively worse or has it come and gone and come back again? It sounds like it's beyond that. Hopefully you can find some answers.



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2017, 01:38 AM   4
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Sorry I don't have experience with stammering, but I do know that developmentally typical children go through phases of stammering. Has the stammering gotten progressively worse or has it come and gone and come back again? It sounds like it's beyond that. Hopefully you can find some answers.
Thanks for replying Sarah x it started I want to say around summer time last year and has got worse slowly but this past month or so it's really ramped up. I'm sure it's developmental and he will stop but it's really hard for him and impacting on everything. Hopefully I can get through to a speech therapist today.



 
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Old Mar 1st, 2017, 03:14 AM   5
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I managed to speak to his new therapist she asked if anything had happened in the last month to make his stammer worse (no). She said the jerking is a secondary behaviour to the stammer he is trying to help himself say the word. She's going to contact a specialist in stammers and she's due to review Thomas in school next week so will ring me back once she's seen him. She's going to see if anything is causing the dribble too. Bit of a weight off. No doubt she'll say that it will pass in time but I'm glad I asked as he's so upset with it.



 
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Old Mar 2nd, 2017, 01:29 AM   6
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I'm not sure about the dribbling but I know stammering is very common in children. My daughter stammers loads now, and so does her best friend, when she didn't used to. I think she just has so much to say but her mouth can't keep up.



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